I enjoyed this story with all the characters within. The main character was Sky.
Sky is a male horse that was born in the range. The day that he was born he had the urge to run but he had to wait until he was stable on his legs. He grow up see different things and learning from his mother and aunt's. His best friend name is Storm. He likes run with her through out the land. One day all things change for Sky he must leave his family and go to live on his own. He must be strong and brave for that adventure that he takes.
This was a fun story to read. It had action, adventure and suspense throughout. It had a few giggles within. There were a few illustration throughout that went well with the story. I thought it was neat how that author had the horse view point throughout that story.
I received a complimentary copy via Netgalley. This is my honest unbiased opinions.
Very nice story, this would be a great book for kids that love animals or horse stories. A great stocking stuffer!
A young horse named Sky with an untamed spirit must find his family after being captured and forced to become a Pony Express horse. Much like Spirit, Stallon of the Cimarron and Rosanne Parry’s past books, this focuses from an animal point of view on the harm caused throughout history to nature and the most beautiful of its creatures by Human intervention and how a wild animal will fight to regain the life it was meant to have. Rosanne parry has written some amazing books. I’ve read all the ones I can get my hands on and this one did not disappoint. It is sometimes beautiful, sometimes sad, and very realistic in that way, but always inspiring. I loved it page to page, word for word.
What a beautiful book. The pony express reminded me of the tv show Young Riders. These books are wonderful for young readers looking for more realistic fiction. Well done.
This is a great book told from the horses's point of view. I loved everything about this book. The author brought the story to life with her words and you feel like you are there. This book deserves more than 5 stars!
I received a complimentary copy from HarperCollins Children's Books, Greenwillow Books via NetGalley and was not required to write a review, All opinions expressed are my own.
Roseanne Parry just keeps writing wonderful, wildlife-friendly, high-interest books with stories told from the animal’s perspective! A Wolf Called Wander was a TX Bluebonnet nominee and while it did not win the award, it did at both of my middle grade libraries! A Whale in the Wild followed and now we have this one. As with the previous two, frequent sketches accompany the text and it is clear that much research supports the history, in this case, of the wild Mustang and the Pony Express. My favorite part of Parry’s books is the way she uses the lens of her main characters to describe what he/she sees. Examples: Sky calls rabbits bounders, snakes are slithers, a young boy is dubbed a colt. I can see doing journal activities with students where they chart Sky’s term, what a human would call it, and the evidence for that decision. I can see revisions happening throughout the reading as additional evidence is discovered. Serious characterization, including changes over time and the catalyst for those changes, could also be done using a variety of graphic organizers. All this, plus the exciting story, the fast pace and approachable length make A Horse Named Sky perfect for individual recreational reading, literacy groups, or class novel studies. Text is free of profanity and sexual content and the violence that is included is crucial to the plot and not over-exaggerated. Back matter about the history, habitats and more is written and illustrated in a way that most readers will absolutely read it all, unlike the end notes that is often skipped in so many other books. Highly recommended for libraries serving grades 4-8 along with “Wolf” and “Whale.”
Another winner by Rosanne Parry. Gorgeous descriptions, beautiful illustrations, and an engaging tale of love and bravery told from the first-person perspective of a wild horse. The back matter is excellent. A must have for school libraries and any animal-loving reader.
I honestly need to read more middle grade books cause this was sooo good. I got this ARC from NetGalley and Harper Collins children so thank you. The author did a ton of research and then in the back of the book goes over a bunch of basics about horses and the area this was written in and ugh I love it so much. Such a fun and very historical accurate book. I will say I have this four stars just because the end felt a bit rushed and I will say this story reminds me a lot of Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron but I mean they’re is only SO much you can do with a wild horse story set in the same time period so I can’t fault it that much. Also the illustrations in this were wonderful and I looked forward to seeing them each chapter.
An interesting story from the horse’s point of view. Fresh perspective on the Pony Express and taming of wild mustangs in the west. I think middle grade children who love animals will enjoy this tale of bravery and determination amongst the herd.
A stand-alone companion to A Wolf Called Wander and A Whale of the Wild.
Sky is a wild horse from the plains in the 1860s, and the story is told through his point of view. Young Sky was born to run, and for much of his young life, he used his natural ability to run to find fresh water and abundant grazing for the horses in his herd. Colts do not typically get to stay with their herd forever, and when it is Sky’s time to flee the herd, he tackles life on his own. He ends up being captured by humans and forced to run for the Pony Express. Will Sky ever break free from captivity and return to his herd as a stallion? Will Sky remain in captivity forever? Read to find out!
Middle grade readers will be entranced by Sky’s story. I can see this book prompting readers to ask lots of questions and seek out more knowledge about things like capturing wild horses and the Pony Express.
Although it is a work of fiction, A Horse Named Sky provides extensive knowledge of horses and their habitats. Additional Information about Mustangs, their habitats, the Pony Express, and much more can be found in the back of the book.
A Horse Named Sky is illustrated in black and white sketches throughout. In the eARC, there are numerous places where it states that the final artwork is to come. The artwork I could see in advance was beautiful, and I can’t wait to see the final artwork.
Thank you HarperCollins Children’s Books and NetGalley for the ebook ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Kids will love this adventure as Sky is born and as he grows knows when it’s time to leave when he needs water. Storm has left too and finds Sky. Riders come and capture both horses. Sky tries to escape but can’t. He meets Cloud and Fire and they tell him, if you leave the humans bring you back. As the Pony Express uses Sky, he endures dangerous animals, snow, and mountains. When he finds Storm again, they have a plan to escape and save the other animals. When they find home, they find many trapped horses and mom. Sky say we must leave. Do they follow him?
Extensive matter on horses and their habitats.
My nine year old son read this title. He is a voracious reader. He has previously read Black Beauty. He loves horses, which is what made he want to read this book. He considered this one just okay. The historical element of the Pony Express was interesting to him... with moments that were exciting, but mostly he considered it slow.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving us the opportunity to read this book!